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2013 Round 6

2013 BRCA L.S.O.R Round 6 – Cornish Delight

Words & Pictures By Darren Worth, LSOR Chairman, lsorchair@brca.org

 

brca lsor nationals round 6Following a 7 week rest to allow the UK’s LSOR racers to support both the European and World Off and On Road events in July and August it was back to business bank holiday weekend. The Large Scale Off Road Section then made its annual journey to the Kort raceway (or should I now say Cornwall RC Racing) which is situated between Falmouth and Helston in the picturesque Cornish hillside. The questions being asked before this meeting all centred on when people were going and if they were taking the family and having a break down there. Some travelled down 10 to 7 days before the event to have a family break, others came down like I did a few days before to unwind whilst others come for just the weekend and headed home 24 hours after the event.

I headed down late on Thursday and met Keith Burgess of the club just after 11pm to drop off the various race items off a non racer has to take before I headed to my digs for a good nights sleep. Friday morning saw me set up race control and chill out with the crew from the Nene Valley Raceway who came down early doors on Thursday morning arriving at 3am. They then slept in until noon but then headed to Hayle beach for a few hours bird watching – what a sophisticated pair of racers we have!

By Friday evening the paddock was filling up and it was agreed that we should visit the Halfway House restaurant which is a couple of miles from the track for some section bonding and it was carvery night too! Just before 7, 11 off us set off to tuck into a hearty carvery, or in Dean and Andy’s case a nice mixed grill.

Keeping up the brca lsor nationals round 6Kort tradition of Saturday morning practice, the track was opened at 10am for those who wanted some extra time to set-up their cars. Keith and his crew had replaced some of the damaged piping and astro turf from our last visit and the venue was looking great and the use of “tug boat” rope as track marking was working a treat despite being attacked by various drivers.

 With the Saturday practice drawing to a close the only casualty had been Paul Wilson and his Losi 5ive-Buggy which suffered a chassis split. This meant that his racing weekend ended early as his sponsor, Freeprawn racing was away in Paris having a romantic weekend. Nice one Nigel!

It was obvious that by the time booking closed on the Sunday morning we would have one of lowest turnouts of the 2013 season with just 37 drivers in attendance. Only a few years ago we would have been extremely happy with that level of attendance being one of the newest BRCA sections from racing – how times have changed.

brca lsor nationals round 6The first round of qualification began just before 10 o’clock allowing those who arrived over night to do a few practice laps of the dry but slippery astro turf surface. With the two wheel entrant in 2 heats and then another two heats mixed with 4 wheel drive and short course vehicles it was agreed to return to the 10 minute heats as we were running a relaxed meeting. Four hours and one decoder issue later we had our drivers seeded for their respective finals. 

brca lsor nationals round 6Despite running the short  course guys in with the 4 wheel drive class they would be getting their own 30 minute final which saw Dave Smith take pole position. In both the 2 and 4 wheel drive heats the round by round positions were changing due to the closeness of our drivers lap times but Ian Oddie came out on top in the 4 wheel drive class and Andy Blackburn in the 2 Wheel drive class. Andy’s main rival in the championship was his PG Racing team mate James McCarthy but James being a young student decided to spend the bank holiday at the Leeds festival and for those who were watching the weather #OMGHOWMUCHMUD, whilst those in Cornwall had a few spits of rain during their weekend stay – sorry James.

 

 

2 Wheel
drive

4 wheel
drive

Short
Course

 

Driver

Points

Driver

Points

Driver

Points

1

Andy Blackburn

398 [200:1 198:2 (185:15)]

Ian Oddie

400 [200:1 (200:1) 200:1]

Dave Smith

398 [200:1 198:2 (196:4)]

2

Dominic Blackburn

397 [197:3 (183:17) 200:1]

Steve Haynes

396 [(197:3) 198:2 198:2]

Guy Page

397 [(197:3) 200:1 197:3]

3

Rick Ashman

396 [(195:5) 200:1 196:4]

Dave Parish

395 [198:2 197:3 (196:4)]

Duncan Mcmillan

397 [(0:0) 197:3 200:1]

4

Karl Norris

396 [198:2 (195:5) 198:2]

Jack Keatley

393 [(194:6) 196:4 197:3]

Steve Jones

396 [198:2 (0:0) 198:2]

5

Andy Knight

393 [(196:4) 196:4 197:3]

Darren Johnson

391 [196:4 195:5 (187:13)]

 

 

6

Mark Higgins

392 [(194:6) 197:3 195:5]

Mike Humphreys

390 [195:5 (193:7) 195:5]

 

 

7

Dave Grimshaw

387 [(188:12) 193:7 194:6]

Ayaz Aslam

387 [(193:7) 194:6 193:7]

 

 

8

Callum Mitchell

387 [193:7 194:6 (182:18)]

Terry Jackson

386 [(192:=8) 192:8 194:6]

 

 

9

Dave Ashman

383 [(189:11) 192:8 191:9]

Les Darby

383 [192:=8 (191:9) 191:9]

 

 

10

Dean Coulson

382 [192:8 (186:14) 190:10]

Barry Clissitt

382 [(189:11) 190:10 192:8]

 

 

 

brca lsor nationals round 6Following a sedate lunch break the first final of the afternoon was the 7 car 20 minute 4 wheel drive final which during its mid stages produced some close racing with anyone of the top three drivers being able to take the honours. However it was Terry Jackson who came home first, followed by Barry Clissett and Les Darby taking the remaining bump up positions. Andy Love and Sid had various battles throughout the session with Andy taking 4th and Sid 5th place, Jason Perry finished 6 in his first outing with his Race Runner, as Richard Dawson came to an abrupt end 3 minutes to go as his car cut out and on retrying the pull cord snapped!

Next up was the 12 car 4 wheel drive B final and again despite some first lap incidents the majority of the drivers brought home their cars after going full distance and not for the first time “team Darby” were identical as John Darby bough his Elcon home in third just like his dad did the previous final and earlier in the day they had both set the same qualifying times. Second spot went to CRCR racer John Hosking and first place went to Callum Mitchell who completed 23 laps in 20m 3.84 seconds. John Darby’s time out at the recent LSOR Euros showed as he snatched the third place from Dave Ashman, Tim Worthey and Glyn Taylor and it could have gone to any one of them but John hung on and made less mistakes.

Next up was the 4 car short course final and despite not having a full grid we still had a first corner incident which affected Dave Smith and 30 minutes later 3 vehicles finished the session. Guy Page suffered issues 5 minutes in, and the final 5 minutes saw Steve Johns and Duncan McMillan tease those watching as they lapped within 10 seconds of each other. As one made a mistake the other gained from it until the next lap, that was until Steve made too many mistakes with 3 laps to go and he could not catch Duncan up. 

A. Final  – Short Course

Pos

#

Name

Result

Nat #

Make

Model

cc

1

3

Duncan Mcmillan

37/30m
39.49

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

2

4

Steve Jones

37/30m
47.59

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

3

1

Dave Smith

33/30m
5.75

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

4

2

Guy Page

5/ 5m
14.91

C

Losi

5ive-T

30cc

 

brca lsor nationals round 6Next up was the 4 wheel drive final and off they went without incident with Ian pulling out a lead for the first couple of laps being pushed hard by the “old dog” Haynes when Ian pulled his car over onto the pitting table and it was game over as he had suffered a clutch bolt breakage and his racing weekend was over. For the next 25 minutes Steve pulled out a commanding lead with Darren Johnson finally getting his car tuned to perfection and chasing hard along with Dave Parish. Back down the field various battles were being fought with Mike and Jack both pushing their FG Leopards hard. Barry and Ayaz fought it out too alongside Terry Jackson whose race finished 3 minutes before the end but maintained his position as Les Darby could not better the laps in the remaining 3 minutes due to suffering a couple of wheel nut losses. Terry helped to resolve these, so again LSOR racing shows the willingness to help each other out even if it means loosing your place! At the end of the 30 minutes Steve Haynes took another win with Darren Johnson in second having snatched that from Dave Parish who took third spot.

A. Final –  4 Wheel Drive

Pos

#

Name

Result

Nat

Make

Model

cc

1

2

Steve Haynes

39/30m 16.12

N

MCD

Race Runner V4

26cc

2

5

Darren Johnson

38/30m
6.91

N

MCD

Race Runner V4

26cc

3

3

Dave Parish

38/30m
7.91

N

MCD

Race Runner V4

29cc

4

6

Mike Humphreys

38/30m
23.86

N

FG

Leopard 4

26cc

5

4

Jack Keatley

37/30m
28.04

C

FG

Leopard 4

26cc

6

7

Ayaz Aslam

36/30m
16.88

C

MCD

Race Runner V4

26cc

7

9

Barry Clissitt

36/30m
30.83

N

Losi

5ive-B

26cc

8

8

Terry Jackson

31/27m
37.78

C

MCD

Race Runner

29cc

9

10

Les Darby

30/30m
9.42

N

MCD

Race Runner V4

28.5cc

10

1

Ian Oddie

4/ 3m
51.86

N

FG

Leopard 4

26cc

 

brca lsor nationals round 6So our final final of the day was the 2 wheel drive final and I will say the most exciting as I’ve now been named the new Murray Walker of LSOR since halfway though I had to be restrained due to the thrilling racing we were watching as not only were 1st and second fighting it our for over 2/3 of the final so were 2 and 3 and back down the final so were 4,5, and 6th with 7 popping into the battle at some stages. With just seconds separating the cars in each group with Andy Blackburn coming out on top taking what he says his is first win of the 2013 season, Rick Ashman was maintaining the Ashman honours in the A final (sorry Rick but its normally David!) and  in second place but at one stage you were in the lead!. Dominic Blackburn took third place form Andy Knight in the other FG Leopard 2. Karl Norris who had been fighting for a top place pulled over with 3 minutes to go and all he could do was watch to see where he would end up and the same fate fell on Callum too. Mark Higgins took firth place with Dave Grimshaw taking 6th and the highest clubman racers title too with Karl ending in 7th place.

 

A. Final –  2 Wheel Drive

Pos

#

Name

Result

Nat #

Make

Model

cc

1

1

Andy Blackburn

37/30m
41.98

N

/p

Hoërmann

HT3 V2

26cc

2

3

Rick Ashman

36/30m
45.30

N

FG

Leopard 2

26cc

3

2

Dominic Blackburn

35/30m
2.32

N

Hoërmann

HT3 V2

26cc

4

5

Andy Knight

35/30m
14.41

N

FG

Leopard 2

26cc

5

6

Mark Higgins

35/30m
28.33

N

Elcon

Cleon MMX 2012

26cc

6

7

Dave Grimshaw

34/30m
54.65

C

Hoërmann

HT2 TK09

26cc

7

4

Karl Norris

33/28m
51.70

N

Hoërmann

HT3 V2

26cc

8

9

John Hosking

33/31m
2.20

C

Hoërmann

HT2 TK10

23cc

9

8

Callum Mitchell

29/27m
32.07

C

Hoërmann

HT2 TK10

26cc

10

10

John Darby

12/12m
9.64

C

Elcon

Cleon MMX 2012

26cc

 

All in all a great weekend was had by those who headed down into deepest Cornwall at the Cornwall RC Racing club and a big thanks goes to the Kendal crew who made the journey down, 10 hrs I understand it took them and in the words of Steve Jones, “I know we come from an hilly area but how steep are are hills down here!”, Have a safe journey home guys.

So with 6 rounds down how are the series results looking?

2 Wheel Drive

National

Clubman

 

Name

N\C

Make

Model

CC

Score

 

Name

Score

1

Andy Blackburn

N

Hoërmann

HT3 V2

26cc

494

1

Daniel Tough

495

2

Andy Knight

N

FG

Leopard
2

26cc

485

2

Glyn Taylor

485

3

Karl Norris

N

Hoërmann

HT3 V2

26cc

485

3

Dean Coulson

474

4

Dominic Blackburn

N

Hoërmann

HT3 V2

26cc

483

4

Jim Mcmanus

468

5

James Mccarthy

N

Hoërmann

HT3 V2

26cc

483

5

Mark Cove

468

6

Mark Higgins

N

Elcon

Cleon
MMX

26cc

463

6

Pete Seymour

463

7

Daniel Tough

C

Hoërmann

HT3

26cc

462

7

Paul Gresty

459

8

Steve Milner

N

Hoërmann

HT3 V2

26cc

454

8

Andrew Gilbert

444

9

Glyn Taylor

C

Elcon

Cleon
MMX

26cc

437

9

John Darby

381

10

Dean Coulson

C

Hoërmann

HT3

26cc

419

10

Colin Lupton

357

 

4 Wheel Drive

National

Clubman

 

Name

N\C

Make

Model

CC

Score

 

Name

Score

1

Ian Oddie

N

FG

Leopard
4

26cc

494

1

Ayaz Aslam

496

2

Dave Parish

N

MCD

Race
Runner 4

29cc

487

2

Guy Hayward

486

3

Stevo Backland

N

MCD

Race
Runner 4

30cc

486

3

Roger Smith

477

4

Darren Johnson

N

MCD

Race
Runner 4

26cc

481

4

Terry Jackson

476

5

Les Darby

N

MCD

Race
Runner 4

28.5cc

471

5

Matt Miah

474

6

Mike Humphreys

N

FG

Leopard
4

26cc

469

6

Sohail “sid” Iqbal

471

7

Ayaz Aslam

C

MCD

Race
Runner 4

26cc

464

7

Andy Love

396

8

Guy Hayward

C

Losi

5ive-B

29cc

446

8

Richard Dawson

371

9

Terry Jackson

C

MCD

Race
Runner

29cc

429

9

Jack Keatley

298

10

Roger Smith

C

MCD

Race
Runner

26cc

423

10

Duncan Mcmillan

286

Short Course

National

Clubman

 

Name

N\C

Make

Model

CC

Score

 

Name

Score

1

Duncan Mcmillan

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

489

1

Duncan Mcmillan

489

2

Steve Jones

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

488

2

Steve Jones

488

3

Dave Smith

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

484

3

Dave Smith

484

4

Tony Desay

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

478

4

Tony Desay

479

5

Tim Press

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

473

5

Tim Press

474

6

Guy Page

C

Losi

5ive-T

30cc

469

6

Guy Page

470

7

Stephen Hollis

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

460

7

Stephen Hollis

461

8

Roger Smith

C

MCD

W5

26cc

387

8

Roger Smith

388

9

Stefan Howe

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

386

9

Stefan Howe

387

10

Nigel Reeks

C

Losi

5ive-T

26cc

385

10

Nigel Reeks

386

With six rounds down are we seeing the 2013 championships already awarded – are we beginning to see how the championships will pan out, if you wish to find out more before my next report then visit our results at www.brca.org or www.brca-lsor.org.

Our remaining race dates and venues are shown below,  

Rnd 7, 22nd September  – North Ings Raceway – Sleaford, LN4 3QB

Rnd 8, 13th October – Notts Derby Off Road – Newthorpe, NG16 2DE

 

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If you are reading this and not too far from any of our forthcoming venues then feel free to come along and see some of the largest radio car racing you will see in the UK. Likewise pop along to one of our venues and enquire about RC racing whether we are there or not.

Further details on the section and our hobby can be sourced via the BRCA website @ www.brca.org

Darren Worth

2013 BRCA LSOR Chairman, lsorchair@brca.org

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